Visual Arts

Individual exhibition by João Simões

07.10 — 06.01.18
Galeria Zé dos Bois

Wednesday to Saturday
from 6pm to 10pm

© Laís Pereira
© Laís Pereira
© Laís Pereira
© Laís Pereira
© Laís Pereira
© Laís Pereira

The exhibition João Simões (Luanda, 1971) now presents at the Zé dos Bois marks his return to the Portuguese exhibition scene after almost two decades of international touring. Contrary to what might be expected, however, this is not an apotheotic reappearance. This is not the exhibition where we’ll find João Simões “as we have never seen him before”, reinvented in his artistic practice, presenting a vast set of pieces where we can finally gauge the countless inflections that his work has known in these years of drift abroad. Quite the contrary: this is an exhibition where we find João Simões’ work in his most concentrated, stripped-down, economic version. In fact, this is a one-piece exhibition. In it, we recognize the analytical and conceptual frame to which the artist has accustomed us since the mid-1990s, but this time anchored in a peculiar phenomenon: in the surprising event of finding a particular set of fruits and establishing between them a whole complex of relations which put in question notions such as emptiness and progression, measure and infinite, suggestion and presence, search and invention, power and restraint, chance and work – all of which draw attention to the way the binary matrix of our knowledge produces a Manichean context that deals with the same level of mistrust and awe for diversion, for the rare, for the unusual.

João Simões

João Simões (Luanda, 1971) studied in Lisbon, Milan and Paris and under the guidance of Ignasi de Solà Morales completed the Master’s degree in art and architecture with a scholarship from CCCB/UPC, Barcelona (1999). Works with Michelangelo Pistoletto at the AZ W-Architekturzentrum Wien, Progetto Arte presented at Documenta X and, at the invitation of David Medalla, exhibits at the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1996). With a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbekian Foundation and of the Luso-American Foundation for Development, he attends ISCP-International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York (2004) and later PointB, also in New York, as a fellow at Instituto Camões. Visiting Professor at the École Nationale Supérieure du Paysage, Versailles, France; ESAD, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal; Accademia di Belle Arte S. Giulia, Brescia and Facoltà di Architettura di Milano, Italy. Invited by Yehuda Safran gave lectures at Columbia University (AAReL) and Cornell University (AAP), New York. His work has already been referenced in magazines Artforum, Flash Art and Frieze. Paulo José Miranda (first Saramago Prize) writes the essay “Da Matéria “(2004) and Julia Robinson (NYU, NYC) and Julian Myers-Szupinska (CCoA, CA and Exhibitionist) wrote critical texts about his work. In 2011 he won the Metamatic Research Initiative, Dutch All Art Initiatives. In 2012 he represents, among other architects, Portugal at the Venice Biennale of Architecture and exhibits his video work at the Jean Tinguely Museum, in Basel, Switzerland. He regularly exhibits at the Emily Harvey Foundation in New York. Currently lives in Lisbon.


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